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Volunteer Opportunities

Year-Round Volunteer Opportunities
The staff of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department work very hard to organize and present an array of quality programs and services for the residents and visitors of North Charleston. The success of our mission relies strongly on the support we receive from the community. Therefore, volunteer assistance is always welcome. Examples of volunteer activities include assistance with mailings, distribution of promotional materials, monitoring exhibits, and staffing events.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854 or culturalarts@northcharleston.org. 

North Charleston Arts Festival Volunteer Opportunities
The North Charleston Arts Festival is an annual, 9-day, multidiscipline arts and culture event that offers a wide range of free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibits, and activities throughout the City of North Charleston. The magnitude of this project requires enormous support from the community and the Cultural Arts Department is truly grateful for the many wonderful volunteers that help to make the event a success.

There are several opportunities for individuals and groups to get involved with the Arts Festival. Examples include:

  • Distribution of Arts Festival posters and postcards
  • Assistance with the receipt, hanging/display, and pick-up of entries for the Juried Art, Photography, Youth Art, and SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibits
  • Helping with Main Event set-up at the North Charleston Performing Arts and Charleston Area Convention Center Complex
  • Staffing Main Event information booths and monitoring Main Event exhibitions and activities, such as Creations Stations and Box City
  • Staffing a variety of Individual Events throughout the Festival Week, including the Art Walk, Street Dance Block Parties, and Grand Finale

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Internship Opportunities

The North Charleston Cultural Arts Department often partners with area colleges and universities to provide internship opportunities to aspiring artists and arts leaders. Two types of internships are offered during the Spring semester, beginning in early January and ending after the Arts Festival in May. Resumes and cover letters are accepted through the first week of December. Each intern receives a $500 stipend upon completion of 120 hours of service.

Cultural Arts/Arts Festival Internships
Learning Objectives:

Interns will gain knowledge in the planning, implementation, and operations of a City’s Cultural Arts Department by assisting with special projects under the direction of the Cultural Arts Director, Arts Coordinators, and various staff members.

Responsibilities:

  • General office tasks such as typing, data entry, mail lists, mailings, record keeping, filing, and editing copy for various applications, marketing materials, press releases, contracts, and correspondence. Should possess general computer skills and be able to work independently.
  • Collecting/compiling data on various art programs and art groups
  • Distributing promotional material
  • Planning and implementing on-going programs, special events, and installations of art exhibits.
  • Planning and implementing the annual multi-discipline North Charleston Arts Festival, to include: decoration for select events, installation and de-installation of original art, photography, youth art and fine craft exhibits. Assist with the management of performance stages, children’s art activities, exhibit monitoring, and special assignments.
  • Developing corporate sponsorship.
  • Coordinating volunteers specifically for the Arts Festival.

Qualifications/knowledge/skills desired:

  • Interest in arts or arts administration
  • Basic office skills (i.e. – typing, phone etiquette, filing/alphabetizing, etc.)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office – esp. Word and Excel 

Sculpture Internships
Learning Objectives:

Interns will gain knowledge in the planning, implementation, and operation of a City’s Cultural Arts Department by assisting with art exhibits, receptions, special events, installations, and national outdoor sculpture exhibition/competition under the direction of the Arts Coordinator.

Responsibilities:

  • General office tasks such as typing, data entry, mail lists, mailings, record keeping, filing, and editing copy for various applications, marketing materials, press releases, contracts, and correspondence. Should possess general computer skills and be able to work independently.
  • Collecting/compiling data on various art programs and art groups.
  • Distributing promotional material.
  • Planning and implementing on-going programs, special events, and installations of art exhibits.
  • Planning and implementing the annual multi-discipline North Charleston Arts Festival, to include: decoration for select events, installation and de-installation of original art, photography, youth art and fine craft exhibits. Assist with the management of performance stages, children’s art activities, exhibit monitoring, and special assignments.
  • Physical installing and de-installing of North Charleston Arts Festival exhibitions, such as, but not limited to: SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibition, National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, and independent public art projects, to be temporarily installed in parks, public intersections, residential green spaces, recreational centers, businesses, and city facilities in North Charleston. In order to assist with the installation and de-installation of public art, the Intern must be physically able to stand, walk, lift, and carry tools and/or items pertaining to the exhibitions - either inside a building or outside on site.

Qualifications/knowledge/skills desired:

  • Interest in visual arts or arts administration
  • Basic office skills (i.e. – typing, phone etiquette, filing/alphabetizing, etc.)
  • General knowledge of hand tools and light-duty construction equipment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office – esp. Word and Excel 

If you are interested in applying for an internship position, please contact the Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854 or culturalarts@northcharleston.org.

Christmas Activities in North Charleston

Find out about North Charleston's annual Christmas Festival and Parade and other family friendly events during the holiday season. Children activities, live performances, visits from Santa and much more!

           

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